The International Geographical Union (IGU) announces the availability of travel grants to help defray the costs of participation in the 33rd International Geographical Congress, 21 – 25 August 2016 in Beijing, China. Please note that, due to limited availability of funds, the IGU Travel Grants provide only a partial contribution to registration, transport and accommodation. A maximum of US$1000 will be awarded to successful candidates.

In selecting applicants to receive awards, preference will be given to young or emerging scholars, in particular to those from developing countries. Because the funds available for this awards program are extremely limited, all applicants will be required to find the balance of the costs of participation; applications for 100% support cannot be funded. Please note that full participation in the conference, including the closing ceremony, is required.

Please download the application form here.

Although not a strict requirement, a letter of endorsement from the chair of an IGU Commission or Task Force or from the chair of the applicant’s National Committee for the IGU will be helpful in support of the application. Contact details of these individuals are available on the IGU website at the above links. Applications should be accompanied by a written statement, the abstract of your paper, a proof of submission of the abstract, and any endorsement letters. All documents must be submitted directly to Vice-president Joos Droogleever Fortuijn by email to:

Completed applications (including endorsement letters) are due at no later than 31st March 2016. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their requests within two weeks after the acceptance of the abstract. Awards are paid to successful applicants in cash on arrival for the conference in Beijing in US$ dollars.

Direct any questions regarding IGU Travel Grant applications to: